What’s Your Biggest Money Saving Tip in the Kitchen?
This year I’m embarking on new ideas for saving in the kitchen. I have the couponing down, at least as much as I’m going to have it down. I’ll never be an extreme couponer; I just don’t have the desire, time or energy. However, I know to watch sales and buy on sale with coupons, and I know to stockpile the things we don’t want to pay full price for, like meats, condiments, personal care items, and shampoo.
I know there are more ways to save. For instance, we’ve started ditching the extra carbs at certain meals and increasing the amount of fresh veggies instead. This means little or no noodles with olive oil and parmesan, much to the kids’ dismay, but extra broccoli or green beans.
I’ve also started a tradition my grandmother began years ago: serving leftovers until they are gone! If it’s not eaten the first night, it goes back out the next night; and if there is still some that remains, guess what? You’re going to see it again! In the past month we have gotten really good about cleaning our plates and finishing up what is in the fridge. This is a HUGE money saving technique I should have employed long ago.
I know there is room for improvement, though; and now I’m seeking ideas from YOU! I’ve written a lot in the past few years about couponing and sales shopping and creating new meals from old meals. But what is YOUR number one money saver at the grocery store?
Does it have something to do with shopping in general: using double coupons, shopping on a certain day, buying meats that are at their last day on the shelf? Does it have to do with something you do in the kitchen, like making a specific dish one night and then using the leftovers to create something else?
Share your biggest money saving technique in the comments section!